Mazda BT-50 2011 Problems
No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Mazda BT-50 2011 reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.
Mazda BT-50 2011: Turbo noise?
Without being able to view it and hear it firsthand it's hard to suggest what might be wrong. It could be a bearing in the turbo, but that's only an educated guess. I would have a mechanic check it.
Mazda BT-50 2011: Unexpected engine shutdowns
It’s possibly a faulty sensor sending the wrong signal to the ECM. Have it checked by your dealer or mechanic.
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Mazda BT-50: Transmisison problem
Jumping out of fifth gear is a common problem on early BT50s, but a fix was supposed to have been introduced in late 2007. I agree that Mazda should bear at least some of the cost of the repairs so take it to a Mazda dealer and submit a claim.
Mazda BT-50 2011: Cam belt breakages
Mazda tell us they have come across cam belt failures on the BT-50, but that it wasn't what they would refer to as a common concern, and not one they consider to have an abnormal rate of failure. From that you could deduce that it's not an unusual failure, but the failure rate isn't sufficiently high to do anything about.
Mazda BT-50: Is the timing belt unreliable?
We haven't heard of belt failures like you report, but it would be good to hear from any of our readers who have suffered the problem. It sounds like a serious one.
Mazda BT-50 2011: LPG, CNG, or LNG?
There are a number of heavy trucks running dual-fuel systems with a blend of diesel and natural gas, on some the gas is compressed (CNG) and on others it's liquefied (LNG). There are also other heavy truck systems that use diesel and LPG. We have reported on all of them over the past couple of years. In the case of light commercial vehicles the systems employed use diesel and LPG, substituting LPG for diesel, and as you say it needs to be very carefully controlled. The more LPG you use the more power you will get, but if it's not well controlled you run the risk of damaging the engine and that's very costly.
Mazda BT-50 2011: Should I install a gas injector?
I would urge caution. These systems work by substituting a percentage of the diesel fuel with LPG and do deliver more power or better fuel economy depending on how you drive the car. The general idea is that you don't have to depress the throttle as far to get the same performance and you can then realize some fuel consumption savings, but I have had quite a number of reports of serious engine meltdowns because the driver simply couldn't resist the temptation to keep the foot down on the throttle. My concern is also that there isn't the same experience with these systems as there is with dual-fuel systems on petrol engines, so they're more exposed to problems. Before you do it talk to other owners about their experience with the systems.
Mazda BT-50: Can I replace the tray with a 1997 HiLux tray?
There’s no reason why it couldn’t be fitted, measure the chassis widths first and then work out what you need to do to adapt the old tray to the new vehicle.
Mazda BT-50 2011: Fuel economy
Comparing the fuel consumption of one vehicle to another can be tricky, even though they might seem identical. It can come down to the driving style, the terrain covered, tyre pressures, roof racks and bullbars fitted, size of trailer/caravan being towed etc. What appears obvious is not always so.
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